25 Facts About Ancient Egyptian Gods That You Probably Didn’t Know

Are you familiar with ancient Egyptian gods? The ancient Egyptians were some of the most religious people on Earth. They also had a strong belief in the supernatural from which sprang a host of ancient Egyptian gods. If there was a situation or a place which could have its own god, more likely than not there was one. While most of the deities were local presences, some such as Ra, Osiris, and Thoth were elevated to a national stage. In this list, we’ve dug up (well, not literally; we’ll leave that for the archaeologists and grave robbers), fascinating facts about ancient Egyptian gods. Are you ready to learn about these fascinating deities? These are 25 facts about ancient Egyptian gods that you probably didn’t know.

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Like many young religious traditions, religion in pre-dynastic Egypt was mostly animistic, making various animals, plants, or things the homes of spirits.

animistic horned ram statues at entrance to temple of amunSource: Ancient Egypt Online, Image: Wikipedia

Many of today's well-known Egyptian gods harken back to the animistic times. Take Anubis, the god of funerals and death. He is depicted with the head of a jackal since the animals often were seen at the desert's edge where Egyptians buried their dead.

anubisSource: Ancient Egypt Online, Image: Wikipedia

Good news for Gator fans: the Ancient Egyptians had a gator god! (Well, technically he had a Nile crocodile head.) Sobek was one of the most powerful and longest lasting gods. As guardian of waterways, Sobek enjoyed eating flesh, like most crocodiles. To show reverence, many Ancient Egyptian temples kept live crocs in pools.

sobek egyptian godSource: National Geographic, Image: Wikipedia

Though the Ancient Egyptians had over 2,000 gods, most were only known locally in small parts of the empire.

goddess Nut with wingsSource: National Geographic, Image: Wikipedia

Just like we have multiple branches of Christianity today - Catholicism, Methodism, Eastern Orthodox, etc. - Ancient Egyptians also had multiple schools of religious thought, each claiming it was superior to the others.

different egyptian time periodsSource: Ancient Egypt Online, Image: Nancy Ross via YouTube

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